Japanese food is interesting because it’s not just Japanese. Japanese cuisine is a fusion of different influences, which makes Japanese salads unique and often more flavorful than the traditional American salad. The following four Japanese salad recipes are perfect for summertime or anytime you want to spice up your usual lunch routine.
1. Japanese Garden Salad [Charaben]
Japanese Garden Salad (Charaben) is a popular Japanese dish. It contains many ingredients and it has a beautiful presentation. The Japanese Garden Salad can be made in any way you like, but there are some key ingredients that make the dish Japanese.
The Japanese garden salad is usually served as an appetizer or side dish to accompany other dishes at the table and is most often eaten with chopsticks. Although it can be eaten cold, this type of salad tastes best when heated up on the stove before eating, which brings out all its flavors and textures more fully. In general, Japanese salads contain these 3 main components: vegetables such as cucumbers or carrots; sesame seeds for flavor; and rice vinegar for taste.
2. Japanese Shrimp Salad [Ebi Sunomono]
Japanese sunomono is Japanese for Japanese salad. Japanese Shrimp Salad, or Ebi Sunomono, is one of the most popular Japanese salads in Japan. It’s made with cooked shrimp that are cooled in a sweet vinegar-based dressing and then mixed with vegetables like cucumbers, cabbage, carrots and red peppers.
The ebi sunomono dish has been around for centuries but it didn’t get its name until the Meiji Period (1868-1912). The word “sunomono” comes from “su” which means vinegar and “monosu” which means to mix something together. Ebi Sunomono is often served on top of nori seaweed strips as well as Japanese rice.
3. Japanese Chicken Salad [Chicken Nanban]
Japanese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. Japanese cuisine has spread across the globe and now you can find Japanese restaurants all over America as well as many other countries around the world. One such Japanese dish that has become a favorite among Americans is chicken nanban salad, or Japanese Chicken Salad to us English-speaking folk. This simple but delicious dish consists of shredded cucumber and carrots mixed with rice vinegar, sugar and soy sauce marinated pieces of grilled chicken (or any meat) on top of a bed of lettuce leaves topped off with some Japanese mayonnaise for good measure. It’s so easy to prepare at home, but there are also some great Japanese takeout places where you can order this dish if you don’t feel like whipping up Japanese Chicken Salad in your kitchen.
4. Japanese Spicy Cucumber Salad [Atsuage]
Japanese Spicy Cucumber Salad [Atsuage] is a Japanese dish that includes cucumbers, Japanese rice vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and Japanese hot mustard. This dish is perfect for those who are looking to add some spice into their diet. The Japanese have been known for incorporating spices in their dishes since the Muromachi period (1392-1573). They make use of both fresh and dried spices which they grind themselves.
The Japanese spicy cucumber salad can be eaten at any time but it’s usually served as an appetizer or side dish with dinner. It has a very strong taste so only small amounts should be consumed at one time. For this reason it is best not to serve this dish on its own. Japanese spicy cucumber salad is often served with Japanese okonomiyaki, Japanese takoyaki or Japanese yakisoba.